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Universal Hard Disk Drive problem discovered

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by martin griffith, Jun 1, 2005.

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  1. When you buy a new hard drive (in the EU), why dont they include
    mounting screws?

    What is the average number of screws holding your HD in, mine is about

  2. You use screws? Bit of a perfectionist, aren't we?!
  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    You only need one ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson

  4. Ran out of duct tape.......

  5. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Did you know you can now get duct tape in colors? But called "Duck"
    Tape (Ace Hardware).

    ...Jim Thompson
  6. many variations on "duck(t) tape". Used for sealing ducts in HVAC
    around here


  8. John  Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Zero. I pulled the noisy drives, swaddled them in bubble-wrap, and
    jammed them back into the bays. Hard drives don't need cooling, do

  9. I've got an unused fireplace, I'm going to put 1 or 2 computers in it,
    seal it off to get rid of that "office" enviroment noise.

  10. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    At my age I don't hear fan noise, and there are three computers at my
    feet and a laptop on the desk ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  11. I was So Glad when I got old enough not to hear the scream from
    unsynced TV monitors in studios. But I was on the beach campsite a
    couple of months ago and could hear a piezo igniter clicking 25m away,
    cos the fridge had run out of butane. Thats the problem being an ex
    sound maintainence engineer, you listen for the noise, and not the
    music. Think its called "professional deformation"

  12. Guy Macon

    Guy Macon Guest

    That will come in handy if the computers ever catch fire...

    Seriously, though, how will you stop dirt from entering at the top?
    The damper has big gaps around it. Perhaps one of those spark
    arrester caps will help.
  13. Luhan Monat

    Luhan Monat Guest

    I used to walk down our street at night in the summer. With windows
    open I could hear the 15khz come screaming out of the houses.

    At the end of my tour in Korea, they did a medical check including a
    hearing test in a booth. It seemed like I was in there a long time.
    When I was told to come out, the tech guy said my hearing was completely
    off the chart except for one tone range in one ear where the machine
    could measure it. He was hoping for a 'perfect' score and said in 10
    months of doing this all day, I had the best hearing.

    I doubt that its that good any more.
  14. James Meyer

    James Meyer Guest

    I ran my last PC for years with a hard disk sitting on a plastic drink
    glass outside the case close enough that the power and data cables could reach.
    I don't think I ever had a PC with the cover attached.

  15. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    I've always assumed that US 'duct tape' is what we call 'Gaffer tape' here in
    the UK.

    Hard wearing stuff with an awesome adhesive and a PVC coating ?

    The UK name originates from the use of an 'old gaffer' on most film sets to
    'fix things up' - usually involving tape.


    1. An electrician in charge of lighting on a movie or television set.
    2. Chiefly British. An old man or a rustic.
    3. Chiefly British. A boss or foreman.

    In my live sound days I always bought the most esoteric colours possible since
    it was then unlikely that the band we were providing sound for would claim
    ownership of the roll in event of contest !

  16. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    They come with the case kit.

    Normally 4 unless it's a quick swap, in which case zero - friction
    normally does the job. Oh - and I have some in front of me lying on the
    desktop that have been around for a while entirely outside the case on a
    long ribbon from a 'test PC'. Makes it easier to swap them around. ;-)

  17. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    I don't right now either. Always mucking about with the guts.


  18. Gaffer Tape?

  19. Screws?? WTF are they? My hard drive are usually hanging from the
    cables, occasionally I prop them up on the place where they are
    supposed to go, usually PCB side down...
  20. Guy Macon

    Guy Macon Guest

    I don't like the idea of 4 screws. It seems that having 4 screws
    opens the possibility of applying a bending/warping force to the
    frame of the drive. I use 2 screws; left-rear and right-front or
    left-front and right-rear.
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